Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare
OR $33,505 vs. $5,885
AND $5,299 vs. $0
A perfect example that gets to the root of why Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” doesn’t actually make healthcare more affordable.
All Obamacare does is insures that insurance companies now have to pay outlandish healthcare costs for all Americans, which gets trickled down to small businesses and their employees in the form of increased premiums. This is why small businesses are revolting at the increased premiums for their employees.
Right now we’re stuck in a vicious cycle. A cycle that includes hospitals treating any and all patients in the emergency room, regardless of whether they are insured. This means that hospitals are losing millions of dollars by treating patients that cannot pay their bills, so they recoup the cost by marking up supplies that cost the hospital only $0.75 and charging insured and paying customers upwards of $300.00 for that item (as seen in the video above). And even then, hospitals are barely hanging on by a thread. In my year and a half working at a hospital here in Austin, they went through two blanket layoffs in that time that put a lot of nurses and techs out of work, simply because the hospital couldn’t sustain and afford their wages. In response to this, they mark up procedures and supplies even more and the vicious cycle of exploding healthcare costs continues, while healthcare staff are consequently overworked, underpaid, and understaffed (and this was the primary reason I left the healthcare field.)
We need real legislation that will fix the root of that problem. Instead, Obamacare is the equivalent of sticking a band-aid on a gunshot wound that needs major surgery in order to stop the bleeding. Billions of tax dollars will go towards wasted and bloated healthcare costs, and the country will delve further and further into debt.
I’m not against Obamacare because I’m a horrible human being who wants to see Obama go down, or because I’m a heartless bastard who thinks poor people don’t deserve healthcare. I’m against Obamacare because it in no way addresses the real issue with exponentially increasing healthcare costs, and will only speed up our nation’s dive into insurmountable debt.
It is a vicious cycle that started with greed and wastefulness. Hospitals charge 300 for a few cents worth of steroids because they can. And by the way, insurance companies aren’t paying that. There is no transparency. There are no incentives for patients to shop elsewhere because of a) the aforementioned opaqueness and b) if one is insured, that cost has no immediate effect on them.
When I see employees being laid off from their jobs, the absolute last thing I think is “poor hospital.” The industry as it is, is completely unsustainable. While I disagree with “obamacare” on a few different levels, the premise makes sense. My disagreement comes from cynicism. (as well as disappointment that I probably won’t ever be able to afford a porsche 918). In any case, it is downright silly to sit around while the system implodes upon itself just because we want to keep shaking the money tree.